The First Prospectors
April 2002 by Dr. Ralph E. PrayWho were the earliest prospectors in the Western Hemisphere? Is there any way to tell?
Today it is getting tougher and tougher to find a place to prospect. There is one significant haven left for the small miner...
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All these decisions and more depend on the richness of a claim—something that is determined by sampling. But sampling isn’t cheap, and even collecting the samples can be more difficult than it appears on the surface.
The loss of exploration monies that provide jobs and eventually lead to new mines may well cost the state far more in the long run than the new fees will raise.
Within these districts, some of the roads and trails have been reopened for access, critical habitat designations have been scaled back, and a few Mining Districts were completely removed from proposed withdrawals.
One of the oldest sayings in the mining exploration world is that if you are going to search for a new mine, one of the best places to look is near an existing, proven property.
...two jadeite locations in California have been thoroughly researched by geologists. There are no doubt others that lie in wait.
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